Professor Ann Towns gives the CISD Annual Lecture, in recognition of winning the 2018 Bertha Lutz Prize for research on women in diplomacy. The prize is a collaboration between the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS, and the Diplomatic Studies Section (DPLST) of the International Studies Association (ISA).
When public office opened up for women among the states of the early 20th century, there were generally two exceptions: women were not allowed to join the military or diplomacy. Not until the past two decades have a growing number of women entered diplomacy. What does the encounter between women and diplomacy – which was male-dominated for over a century – look like? In what ways are diplomatic practices gendered? How do women diplomats experience and navigate the gendered terrain of diplomacy? What theoretical insights might a study of gender and diplomacy bring to diplomatic studies and its recent turn to practices? Professor Ann Towns, PI of the Gender and Diplomacy (GenDip) Program in political science at the University of Gothenburg will address these questions in a talk on her new book project.
The event will be chaired by Dr Dan Plesch (CISD, SOAS), with a response from Marissa Conway (Co-Founder and UK Director, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy).
The event is open to the public, register for your free ticket here.